NYON: Barcelona will play Manchester City, in the second round of the Champions League.
The first leg starts Feb. 18 with the four-time champion traveling to England’s Etihad Stadium, where Manchester United and Arsenal have lost in routs in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea will have an emotional reunion with Didier Drogba, its former star forward, when it plays Galatasaray.
Defending champion Bayern Munich was paired with Arsenal in the round of 16 for the second straight year.
Both City and Arsenal ended up with tough draws after finishing second in their Champions League groups.
Nine-time champion Real Madrid faces Schalke, Manchester United drew against Olympiakos, Borussia Dortmund plays Zenit St. Petersburg, AC Milan meets Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain goes against Bayer Leverkusen.
The first legs will be played from Feb. 18-26, with the return matches set for March 11-19.
Man City is the only newcomer to the Champions League knockout rounds, and wasted an opportunity to be seeded when Pelligrini did not realize that one more goal in its 3-2 win in Munich last week would have won the group ahead of Bayern.
Manchester City’s director of football is Txiki Begiristain, who joined the English club from Barcelona, and its roster includes several players from Spain’s national team.
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho said last week that Drogba should return to his former club. The Ivorian forward’s last kick as a Chelsea player was the penalty shootout winner in the 2012 final against Bayern.
The German champions have a re-match with Arsenal, which won 2-0 in Munich last season after Bayern had cruised to a 3-1 win in London.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola also renews rivalries after his Barcelona team eliminated Arsenal in 2010 and ’11.
Madrid continues its quest for a record 10th European title with a relatively low-key pairing against Schalke.
Dortmund, which lost to Bayern in last season’s final, got arguably the most unwanted trip, a visit to Russia to play Zenit in almost certain below-freezing temperatures.
Leverkusen will be at home first against big-spending PSG and its forward line of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.